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The Miami Marlins home opener scheduled for today has been canceled after a total of 10 players and two coaches have tested positive for COVID, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Marlins are still in Philadelphia where they finished a three-game series Sunday against the Phillies with an 11-6 win.
This news will have a ripple effect through baseball with the Yankees scheduled to play tonight in Philadelphia. Baltimore was scheduled to be in Miami today and tomorrow before going back to Baltimore to start a two-game set against Miami. The Marlins reportedly used the Phillies visiting clubhouse all weekend so you’d have to assume the Yankees won’t want to use that space.
The Marlins' home opener against the Baltimore Orioles tonight has been canceled, sources tell ESPN, as the team remains in Philadelphia and continues to undergo testing.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2020
Don Mattingly says the decision was made to fly home today and arrive a few hours ahead of the game against Baltimore:
The Marlins’ decision to postpone their flight home was made with family members in mind.
“We were more comfortable flying as a group later,” Mattingly said. “We’re talking about these guys traveling back home to their families and their kids, and it’s the reason we want to be safe.”
Now Rob Manfred needs to step up with a disaster plan MLB should’ve been working on since March. What do you do with the Yankees? What do you do with the O’s-Marlins series? Are the Marlins forced to call up reserves? Step on up Rob. Let’s get this figured out. First pitch is in a few hours.
Sources: The Phillies are quarantining their entire visiting clubhouse staff after exposure to the Marlins this weekend. Some were tested yesterday and waiting for results. Yankees brought their own clubhouse staff to Philly last night.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) July 27, 2020
The Marlins were scheduled to play in Baltimore this Wednesday and Thursday.
Airline data shows their flight home on Thursday night has also been cancelled. https://t.co/OvPcX0jMG7
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) July 27, 2020
Positive tests are inevitable in all sports leagues. As is the coronabro freak out when they occur. The Marlins players will be fine. Set up doubleheaders later in season to make up for missed games now.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 27, 2020
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Didn’t sound like players were feeling ill, and I will be interested to see if they re-test positive with covid after 24 hours to see if they’re suffering cases of “Juan Soto Covid”.
This is what my concern is with football. Imagine a majority of the OL becoming inactive before game day. Now you’re putting the backfield (QB included) at heightened risk. Gonna get messy.
heightened risk as in injury, not COVID
I wish people would stop running around like a chicken whose head was cut off everytime someone tests positive. The answer isn’t to shut everything down and hide. The answer is to continue on with precaution. If you feel Ill you should quarantine. If not, play on
This right here.
The only way to get back to normal is to get back to normal and QUIT FREAKING OUT with every positive test. Unless you’re old or sick, it ain’t a big deal.
All these freakouts do is perpetuate the panic among low information people.
Let go of the panic.